PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — Two suburban Detroit men have fulfilled their late brother’s wish.
They have watched over his wife and children.
And they’ve lost weight. A lot of it.
In addition to asking his older brothers, Mike and Dennis Lazorka, to watch over his family, Tom Lazorka, who died last year at age 50 following a battle with pancreatic cancer, also requested that they drop some pounds.
They certainly have.
Both brothers, who weighed more than 400 pounds, had bariatric surgery. Now, they both are under 250 pounds.
“He told us we can’t take care of anybody until we take care of ourselves and get back down to our fighting weight,” Mike Lazorka, who is 55 and lives in Plymouth, told The Detroit News for a story published Friday (http://bit.ly/1fOm2Q5 ). “He said he couldn’t reverse his cancer, but we could lose the weight.
“It was like a kick in the head.”
Dennis Lazorka, who is 57 and lives in Westland, called the weight-loss effort “our way of honoring our brother.”
The Lazorkas also have kept their promise to watch over their brother’s family.
Laurie Lazorka, Tom’s widow, said she is grateful the brothers are remaining active in the lives of her three sons: Adam, 24; Tyler, 20; and Parker, 16.
“Tom would be so proud of his brothers,” she said. “It means so much that they’ll be there to keep my sons’ father’s memory alive and to tell them stories about their father, because I can only tell them so much.”
Mike and Dennis Lazorka have remained committed to eating healthy and exercising.
“It’s like getting a second chance at life,” said Mike, who is 6-foot-1 and has dropped from 422 to 249 pounds. “But I want to lose at least 20 more pounds.”
Dennis, who is 6-foot-2, is down to 238 pounds from 465.
“I’m done,” he said. “I was wearing a 54-inch waist pants, and now I’m down to a 36-inch waist. I can finally fit into an extra-large shirt, and that makes me happy.”
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/